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NZXT PHANTOM usb 3.0 front panel connection

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June 10, 2012 4:13:22 PM

Hi guys,
So I'm not sure if this should be in motherboards or cases so I apologize in advance if I'm wrong. So I just bought a NZXT phantom case. I have a MSI z68 G43 motherboard. Since the phantom now comes with usb 3.0 front panel connection, it has a blue plug for the motherboard. It has a usb sign and says SS below it. I don't know how I would connect it to my motherboard. This is my first build and it will be done once I can find this one connection so please help me out.

a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
June 10, 2012 4:42:42 PM

is this your motherboard?

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z68A-G43--B3-.html

if so it doesnt seem to have a usb 3.0 motherboard header--only rear usb 3.0

to use the front usb you would need to use an adaptor and run the cable out the case to the rear usb 3.0
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June 10, 2012 4:49:34 PM

actually I have this
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z68A-G43--G3-.html
but it is probably very similar. So can you recommend a type of cable I would need as I really don't understand how this would work. Also are there any adapters I could use so I could go straight to my motherboard?
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June 10, 2012 5:13:20 PM

OK thanks. Would I plug both plugs into the motherboard or just one? Again, thanks for the help.
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a b V Motherboard
June 10, 2012 5:19:17 PM

sorry about the links--dont know why some wont work

the usb cable i linked is too long--you probably need about 2 feet depending on your case

the y adaptor plugs onto your usb 3.0 connector from the case front--leaving 2 usb connectors--the usb 3.0 cable

connects to those then goes out the back of the case and plug in to the usb 3.0 ports on the rear of the motherboard

not ideal but if you really need to use the front usb 3.0 then necessary or a new motherboard with the usb 3.0 header
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